Updated: Feb 28, 2022
As a hair transplant surgeon, the most common question that I am asked is about the cost of hair transplantation. This is entirely understandable because there is so much variability and so many differing information regarding hair transplantation, techniques and cost.
The initial answer to how much does a hair transplantation cost is "It depends". That may seem like no answer at all but let me explain.
First, one would have to consider the technique that is being used. There is typically two ways to perform hair transplantation, the FUT vs. FUE method and you can find more information about these two techniques here. FUE technique which is the most advanced approach to hair transplantation and leaves no visible scar, is usually more expensive. Furthermore, utilizing NeoGraft technique or Robotic Hair Transplantation which can give a more natural result and increase the success rate of transplantation, will also be more expensive.
Second, experience counts. Most hair transplantation clinics utilize hair transplant techs for the majority of the repetitive portion of the procedure. This is completely normal and there is nothing wrong with it. However, when it comes to success the experience of the hair transplant technician is extremely important. As you would imagine, the more experienced technicians would be paid more and thus the cost of hair transplantation in those clinics should be higher. That also means the results will be better.
Third, location matters. There are many hair transplant clinics around the world. Some will advertise cheap prices to have hair transplantation performed in their clinic in their country. The issue is that in these instances, there is little to no adherence to standards that are set out in the United States and should you have any issues or problems, your doctor is in a different country and likely even in a different time zone. It will be difficult to have your concerns addressed in a timely fashion and that can affect your results. Furthermore, the internet is filled with horror stories about experiences in these clinics as you can see here.
Finally, the amount of hair that needs to be transplanted can determine the overall cost. Most reputable clinics will charge either per follicle transplanted or per amount of the area that needs transplantation. It is common to charge more per follicle if the patient is getting around 1000 - 1500 hair follicles transplanted. This is because there is a certain baseline cost to a hair transplantation that is usually covered by that initial amount of hair transplanted. There is typically a discount on any hair beyond that amount that needs to be transplanted. Overall, the range of price per hair follicle can vary from $ 5-12 in most places.
At the end, the cost for hair transplantation, like many things varies and ultimately you do get what you pay for. For questions or comments please fill the form below and we will get back to you soon.